Pirates head coach Davies honoured by Baa-Baas opportunity
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies said he will be honoured to coach the Barbarians against the Combined Services next month.
The Baa-Baas face will take to the field against the Services side on Tuesday, November 12 in a Remembrance Rugby Day fixture to be played at the home of Plymouth Albion, Brickfields.
Davies was an assistant coach for the RFU Championship side that took on the might of the Maori All Blacks at Doncaster last November.
He said: "I was overjoyed when David Barnes rang to ask for my availability to coach the team. It will be a fantastic occasion and I am honoured to be part of such an historic fixture."
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Tickets for the game are available at www.plymouthalbion.com.
The Pirates, meanwhile, have launched their club partnership programme. Former CEO Josh Lewsey started various initiatives to build stronger relationships with other senior sides in the Duchy over the summer.
The programme offers participating clubs opportunities such as free coaching, match day activities and social media support.
Community manager James Coles said: "The club partnership programme is a new initiative that we are 100 per cent committed to. The Rugby Football Union and the Cornwall Rugby Football Union do a huge amount to support the work within rugby clubs. As the only professional club in Cornwall we also have, not just a duty, but an opportunity to create a legacy and support all the hard work done around Cornwall by volunteers within clubs.
"At the beginning of the season we made our intentions clear that we wish to become much more open and accessible to the people of Cornwall and hopefully this is another step in that direction."
Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan is hoping to bring in a new front-row signing ahead of his side's trip to Stirling on Saturday in the British and Irish Cup.
Shanahan wants to strengthen his options in the front three due to long-term injuries to dual-registered Exeter Chiefs Tom Cowan-Dickie and Lloyd Fairbrother.
"We have been looking for potential front-row players and we are hoping to bring one in this week so that they could be in contention for Saturday," said Shanahan.
"We have still not heard anything about Tom [Cowan-Dickie] and Lloyd [Lloyd Fairbrother]. Lloyd is taking longer than we hoped and with Tom injured we have been running on two hookers, and Gaz [Gareth Evans] has had an issue with his ankle."
Albion will head to Stirling this weekend in a positive mood after opening their British & Irish Cup Pool 4 campaign with a 28-9 win over Nottingham at Brickfields last Friday.